This is not the first 'MG' car, a saloon based on the Bullnose had been advertised as an MG the previous year, and several more MGs followed before the year was out.
MG Old Number One, FC 7900, was a one-off completed in March 1925 for Cecil Kimber, the manager of Morris Garages in Oxford, the business which lent its initials to MG. He entered it in the Land's End Trial and was awarded a Gold medal.
Early MGs, including this 'Kimber Special', were based on standard chassis with special coachwork, far more elegant than the normal range of Morris bodies. Old Number One had bodywork by Carbodies of Coventry and its engine has been dated to 1921.
MG Old Number One is reputed to have cost £279 to build. Soon after the Trial, Cecil Kimber sold it to Harry Turner of Stockport for £300, making a profit. After it had gone through several ownerships, MG bought it back in 1932 for the princely sum of £15.